Valley of Fire

 Valley of Fire State Park totally blew me away. The scenery here rivals that of any national park that I’ve been to. I’m glad it isn’t a national park because that would just mean more tourists to ruin the experience. The cool thing is that it is only an hour from Las Vegas. Windstone Arch …

Mirror Lake

 We spent our last afternoon in Yosemite at Mirror Lake and it was perhaps the perfect way to wrap up the trip. Though I had been to Mirror Lake several times in the past, this is the first time I had seen a significant amount of water there so it was nice to take in …

Southside Drive Fall Color

 Some of the best fall color in Yosemite was on Southside Drive just past El Capitan Meadow. I had gone to the Eastern Sierra to photograph fall foliage on several occasions previously so it was a nice to change things up by photographing the fall color in Yosemite instead this year. See more of my …

Mountain Light

 I was watching a photo processing tutorial recently by a popular online photographer, where he was making statements about how straight photography is boring and HDR (multi-image exposure composites) is more eye-catching. The beauty of the internet is that anyone can have an opinion and be an expert, no matter how ill-informed or absurd. I’d …

Painterly Photography

 My mom had never been up to the Tioga Pass and I had only driven through once before so we spent most of our third day stopping everywhere shooting pictures. I remembered Siesta Lake from my first visit in 2004 so I had always wanted to revisit and try some oil painting-like water reflections. It …

Half Dome Sunset

 I didn’t really have any clouds to work with but with a nightly show of alpenglow on Half Dome, who needs clouds? I messed up this shoot as I accidentally had the camera set on ISO 1600 until my final few frames. The file looks pretty good still at 100% though so I’m keeping it. …

Why Photographers Wake Up So Early

 Yosemite can be somewhat of a frustrating experience for serious nature photographers since there is little solitude to be had in the valley during peak visiting times. Cold, early mornings however weed out the casual photographers and tourists who don’t want it as bad as you so you can pretty much have your pick of …

Waterfall Rainbow

 When the first thing you photograph on a trip is a waterfall rainbow then it’s probably a sign of greater things to come. Even this late in the year, the major waterfalls at Yosemite were still running due to the large amount of snowfall in the Sierra this past winter and the recent storms the …

Yosemite Fall Color

 The fall color in Yosemite is beautiful this year. I’m no tree expert but the maple leaves were mostly yellow along the road just up from the park entrance up past El Capitan Meadow. From what I had read online, I didn’t have high hopes of photographing colorful foliage but the color became increasingly vibrant …